Americans use an abundance of fossil fuels, more than any other country in the world. These resources are quickly being depleted and the demand for them is only increasing. The price for a gallon of gas has risen to $5 a gallon in some parts of the country. Society (for the most part) is not environmentally conscious.
One Queens student is taking the initiative to raise awareness on alternative resources. KC Carr is a senior majoring in environmental studies and is currently doing her internship at the Sierra Club.
“Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities and we can have an influence as to what kind of energy is supplied to it,” said Carr.
The Sierra Club will host a conference in Charlotte on alternative wind turbines on March 8 and 9. These turbines, if the government approves, will be able to utilize the wind off the N.C. coast. The conference will also focus on health hazards such as cancer, stroke and respiratory disease that have been linked to the use of coal. “At the end of the day, we are the ones being affected and it’s our choice as to what kind of bodily health we want ourselves and what kind of world we want to live in,” said Carr.
At her internship, Carr is responsible for helping to plan and set up the upcoming conference. “I called the (N.C. Sierra Club) office in Raleigh, and they needed volunteers to help with the conference,” said Carr when asked about how she got involved with her internship. Her other duties include promoting this conference by conducting presentations on campus. At these presentations, Carr will talk about the organization’s purpose as well as raising awareness on alternative energy.
The Sierra Club is the oldest grass roots environmental organization in the country. Its history dates back to 1892 when it was founded by John Muir. There are currently more than 1.4 million members nationally, and 22,000 based in the N.C. chapter, according to the Sierra Club website.
According to Carr, the Sierra Club has five main objectives:
- Move away from using coal and oil as energy
- Enact natural gas reform, make tougher government restrictions on oil drillers
- Protect American waters
- Create an environment where plants and animals can thrive in a warmer climate
- Involve as many people as possible and be environmentally conscious
Look for information during the upcoming weeks on Carr’s presentations. The ticket price for the conference is hefty at $245 each, but a complete recap of the conference will be posted on the Sierra Club website as well as other media outlets such as The Charlotte Observer upon the conclusion of the conference.